Crescent Valley Public Charter School opened in 2010 to provide an alternative to high school students that are at risk of not graduating high school. The school offers an independent study program for students between the ages of 14 and 19 as well as a credit retrieval program, and free tutoring. The learning environment is very unique in that it centers on ensuring that each student will achieve his or her high school diploma. The school does not have any class bells or funny business. The school operates year round with several options including morning, afternoon, and night classes. Students work on one class at a time instead of trying to cram several into their time at school. The unique learning environment allows students to work at their own pace and when they prefer, which is great for students that also work.
The school does not offer any extra curricular activities, sports, or student clubs, but focuses on the credits needed to graduate high school and receive a diploma.
Parents are very glad that the school is offering a second chance to their students. Parents stated that the teachers and staff are devoted to helping each student excel and reach their goals of a diploma. Many students stated they are very happy that they can attend school and work at the same time. Others were happy that teachers are taking the time to help them succeed.
The Academic Performance Index showed academic growth from 524 to 536. The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams at Crescent Valley Public Charter School was below average across the board. The California High School Exit Exam is given to students in 10th grade to ensure they will be ready to graduate from high school. The percentage of students passing the English Language Arts exam was 64% with the state average at 83% and in math 53% passed with the state average at 84%.
Students and parents alike recommend the school and with the tests scores the school is providing a quality education with no frills to help students reach their goals.
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Crescent Valley Public Charter School
309 W. Main St., Suite 110
Visalia, CA 93191